Gather materials and plug in your glue gun.
Lay the tee flat on a good work surface. Draw the shape shown on the tee with a pencil. It should resemble a petal.
Cut out the shape through both layers of the tee.
Now you have 2 petals! A long way to go...
Lay one petal on the tee and cut around it.
Continue to develop a stack of petals. This stack is going to be huge! You might want to fold the tee shirt several times and cut the petals out several at a time. You'll need a very sharp scissor to get through more than a couple of layers.
Keep all scraps!
Cut as many petals as you possibly can out of the 2 XL tee shirts. Our stack looked like this...
Line the tote with cardstock, cardboard or paper.
Place a few petals down just to get a feel of how you want to glue them. Each new petal should go on top of and in the middle of the ones beneath it. There really is no rhyme or reason, it'll look great anyway you do it.
Start on the bottom corner. Place a line of hot glue towards the bottom of the bag.
Now you can start to see what the tote will look like.
Make sure to cover the side seams :)
Continue gluing petals until you have almost reached to top of the tote.
To make sure it looks nice, place a line of glue at the cris cross on the handle of the tote. Lay the top of a petal on the line of glue, and smush the top of the petal in so it gathers around the tote handle.
Now that the front of the bag is covered, fold down the handles, and pull out the rhinestone trim.
Measure from seam to seam with the rhinestone trim and cut 3 identical pieces. Leave an extra inch of space on each just in case :)
Glue them down starting at one seam. Make sure to hold the ends securely until they are dry. Place lines of glue on the tote where the trim will go. The trim can be ironed on as well, but we prefer hot glue for this project.
Cut off any extra trim at the end and save it!
Repeat with the other rhinestone trim strips.
Here is a photo of the front of the bag, all done! It's great because one XL tee by Hanes covers one side of the bag! That's why we got two tees...time to start on the back!
We happened to spill coffee on our tote this morning, which makes this project even more perfect!! LOVE covering up stains :)
You know the drill...
Cover this side of the bag just like the front.
Add the rhinestone trim...
Finish it off!
Pick out a flower or a pin to add some umpf! Not that it needs it... This step is optional**
Pin the flower onto the handle of the tote.
And finally.......ALL DONE!!!!!!